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Infection Biology (Microbiology Specialism) MSc

Infection Biology (Microbiology Specialism) MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Microbiology Biology (General) Infection Control: Awareness

Course type


Course Summary

Growing resistance to antibiotics poses a grave threat to human health and developing novel strategies to combat bacterial infections is one of this century’s most important scientific challenges. Microbiology at the Institute of Infection, Immunology and Inflammation is focused on a molecular understanding bacterial pathogenesis and utilising this to develop novel therapeutics for the treatment of bacterial infections. Through a specialism in microbiology, students will be able to pursue careers developing new medicines, tackling diseases and improving the environment. We have expertise in areas of both medical and veterinary microbiology covering a wide range of topics related to understanding the pathogenesis of infectious disease and the development of new and improved vaccines and therapeutics.


  • Our scientists and clinicians have provided consultancy, contract research and collaborative research that has delivered research findings into real world solutions.
  • This postgraduate degree in Infection Biology allows you to study in an institute housing two UK national centres of excellence in Virology and Parasitology, and active in the Scottish Infection Research Network (SlRN), a key clinical focus on healthcare-related research.
  • You will work in the laboratories of internationally recognised infection biology researchers, conducting high quality basic, translational and clinical science.
  • This MSc in Infection Biology provides access to a combination of highly specialised equipment, unique in Scotland, including cutting edge in vitro and in vivo research facilities for biological imaging, high content screening microscopy, and a state of the art polyomics facility bringing together metabolomics, proteomics, genomics, transcriptomics, and the integration of data sets with bioinformatics.
  • You can attend guest lectures and workshops from scientists and clinicians working in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotechnology fields.
  • You can carry out a research project in an internationally recognised centre of excellence, working with world-leading researchers in infection biology.
  • This MSc Infection Biology integrates infection biology with cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques, and offers breadth in covering bacteria, viruses and parasites.
  • We have excellent opportunities to engage with industrial and clinical scientists, and with guest lecturers from the pharmaceutical industry, medical diagnostic laboratories and bioscience business.
  • Students have the opportunity to carry out a research project in an internationally recognised centre of excellence, working with world-leading researchers in the field of infection biology.


Many of our students proceed through postgraduate studies in Microbiology or other infection related subjects. In addition to academia, public health, laboratory diagnostics and the pharmaceutical industry are all work place opportunities that have been taken by our graduates. Other students go on to work in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic or biotechnological industries.

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Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Omic Technologies for the Biomedical Sciences: From Genomics to Metabolomics - Core
Designing a Research Project: Biomedical Research Methodology - Core
Host-Pathogen interactions and Immune Responses to Infection - Core
Infection Biology Research Project (Microbiology) - Core
Molecular Research Skills - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

You should have at least a Second-class Honours degree or equivalent in biomedical science or a relevant subject. Alternative qualifications will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. You are required to provide two references and a full degree transcript with your application.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more

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